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Petite suite, L71

1889; piano duet

This four-movement suite for piano duet was written in 1889 and orchestrated by Debussy’s friend Henri Büsser in 1907. Like Debussy, Büsser studied at the Paris Conservatoire, was a winner of the Prix de Rome, and in addition to composing and conducting also orchestrated Debussy’s Printemps. In the first piece, Debussy returns once more to music with water in the background, depicting a small boat gliding along in the moonlight. The light-hearted Cortège was perhaps inspired by a poem of Verlaine, wherein a pet monkey in a brocaded jacket trots in front of his mistress whilst she daintily flutters a delicate handkerchief. The Menuet was Debussy’s 1880s idea of an old classical dance, while the bright-toned finale brings to mind the ballet music of such masters of the genre as Delibes and Saint-Saëns.

from notes by Edward Johnson © 2019


Debussy: Evening in Granada
Studio Master: SIGCD2093Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
French duets
Studio Master: CDA68329Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Casals Encores


Movement 1: En bateau
Movement 2: Cortège
Movement 3: Menuet

Track 2 on CDA67831 [2'57]
Track 18 on CDA68329 [2'42]

Track 11 on SIGCD2093 [2'52] Download only
Movement 4: Ballet

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